Detained Women Released on Probation

Lawyer Yesilirmak has indicated that there are serious bruises on the bodies of Aysen Ece Kavas and Yaprak Okatali. Noting the helmet number of the riot police officer battering Kavas, the lawyers have filed a criminal complaint.

Women protested male violence in KadikAly, Istanbul by performing the "Las Tesis" dance of Chilean women yesterday (December 8).

Police intervened against the women after their protest. We Will Stop Femicides Platform Aysen Ece Kavas, We Will Stop Femicides Platform Secretary General Fidan Ataselim, Sevda YenikAlylu, Nisa KAlr, Yaprak Okatali and Seda Elhan Barbaros were detained.

The detained women stood before the Prosecutor's Office in the Istanbul Anatolian Courthouse in Kartal today. Following the legal proceedings against the women, lawyer Tuba Torun has announced on social media that all of the women have been released on probation:

"Our friends have been released on probation. But, you need to know that: We are actually punished again. Giving a signature once a week is a heavy blow to the human freedom. All of these shouldn't have been experienced in the first place. Let us not forget it ever and continue our struggle all the stronger #LasTesis."

Lawyer Yesilirmak: They were battered

Being detained after their protest, the women were handcuffed behind the back. Lawyer Esin Yesilirmak has indicated that there are serious signs of trauma on the bodies of Aysen Ece Kavas and Yaprak Okatali. She has also indicated that they noted the helmet number of the riot police officer who battered Kavas and submitted a petition of complaint against the officer.

As announced by the lawyers earlier today, women had been facing the possible charges of "violating the Law 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations, insulting the President and degrading the State of the Republic of Turkey and Institutions and Bodies of the State as per the Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK)."

Releasing a statement about the detained women, the Istanbul Governorship indicated that the remarks "you are the rapist, you are the killer, police officers, judges, state and president" in the Turkish translation of the song have constituted a crime.

Source: English Bianet